On Saturday April 21st at 3:00 P.M. in observance of the 135th anniversary of Lon Chaney’s birthday, two classic films from 1922 will be presented in the Organ Gym of Immanuel Lutheran Church. No charge for admission. Entrance and parking in back off the alley at 828 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Dave Weesner will accompany both films on the largest theatre organ in Colorado. Freewill donation gratefully accepted.
Shadows: 1922 directed by Tom Forman staring Lon Chaney, who portrays Chinese laundryman Yen Sin who is shipwrecked by a raging storm and tossed ashore in a small New England town. Sin is viewed as a heathen and treated as less-than-human by the majority of the “good Christian” town-folk. The exceptions are the minister (Harrison Ford) and a lovely young widow (Marguerite De La Motte) of a cruel fisherman. Yen Sin plays matchmaker for the young couple, and then defends them when plans of ill-intent come to light. Filmed in a period when Asian characters were only villains or comic relief, this movie dared to have an Asian protagonist. Although it was originally poorly received, it was later awarded a special commendation from the National Board of Review. Lon Chaney received international acclaim the following year for his portrayal of Quasimodo in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.
The Light in the Dark: 1922 American silent film directed by Clarence Brown and stars Lon Chaney. A young girl is struck and seriously injured by a wealthy society matron’s car. The woman brings the girl back to her house. Later, a hardened thief is told by the girl of a goblet that could be the Holy Grail, which has healing powers and could help her. The thief, touched by her predicament, sets out to steal the goblet and bring it to her.
Immanuel Lutheran Church, a member congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, has been serving the people of Colorado Springs since 1900. Immanuel is a Traditional, Liturgical and Historical congregation centered on the Bible as the Word of God.